Journal of Irish Archaeology – JIA

The Journal of Irish Archaeology (JIA) is the journal of the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland. It is a peer-reviewed, annual journal, comprising articles on Irish archaeology and related topics. Editorship of the journal changes every two years, rotating between the archaeology teaching staff in third-level institutions in the island of Ireland.  The most recent issue, Volume XXVIII (2019), was published in November 2019 and was edited by Dr Katharina Becker, Department of Archaeology, University College Cork. The call for papers for Volume XXIX (2020), to be edited by Dr Dirk Brandherm, Department of Archaeology & Palaeoecology, Queen’s University Belfast, is now open. It will close on 16 March and publication is expected in late 2020.

With regard to the JIA on JSTOR, members should note that Vol. XXVI (2017) and Vol. XXVII (2018) are now available on this vital digital library—access to which is one of the key benefits of being a member of the Institute.


Current Issue

The most recent issue of the JIA is Vol. XXVIII (for 2019) edited by Dr Katharina Becker, Department of Archaeology, University College Cork. This volume contains the following articles:

      The role of caves in complex Neolithic funerary rituals on Knocknarea Mountain, Co. Sligo, Ireland
      Some notes on horse-riding in the Irish Later Bronze Age
      A Late Bronze Age field system and settlement on the Antrim Plateau: preliminary results
      Rectilinear drystone cashel and enclosure settlements in the Burren, Co. Clare
      Religious change in a royal landscape: Domnach Mór Maige Áine and Mullach Cé, Co. Limerick
      Lurgabrack, Co. Donegal: a Viking Age hoard of Scoto-Scandinavian silver
      Feudal power in a Gaelic world? Contextualising the encastellation of pre-Norman Ireland
      Pottery production in twelfth–fifteenth-century Ireland as an indicator of cultural, social and economic relationships
      Planning for archaeology

Numerous book reviews are also included. Copies of the journal are available through Wordwell and can be ordered by following this link.


Call for Papers

The call for papers for Vol. XXIX of the journal (to be published in late 2020) is now open. It will close on 16 March. Articles published in the journal must have a strong analytical component. They may arise from various types of research including synthesis, survey, excavation, material culture studies and methodological developments. Researchers working in ancillary disciplines are also welcome to contribute. Submissions that place Irish material in a broad European or global context are particularly encouraged. If you would like to contribute to the JIA you are encouraged to contact the Editor, currently Dr Dirk Brandherm (, for a preliminary informal discussion.



Papers in the JIA must be original, have a strong analytical component and may have resulted from a variety of different research strategies (survey or excavation, for example). Contributions from ancillary disciplines are also welcome. Articles that synthesize results, deal with methodological developments, or that place Irish archaeological discoveries within broader European or global contexts are particularly encouraged.

In addition to longer PAPERS, the JIA is now also seeking submissions of shorter REPORTS. Both should have a strong analytical component, but PAPERS will have more substantial discussion sections in which the broader implications of the research are considered. REPORTS may be more technical, address a narrower topic, and/or have a narrower analytical context. For example, a PAPER on the excavation of a Mesolithic flint scatter may contextualise the new findings within a broader analysis of Mesolithic mobility and subsistence patterns. A REPORT on the same Mesolithic flint scatter may restrict its analysis to contextualising the finds within our current understanding of Mesolithic flint tool technology.

PAPERS should be no longer than 10,000 words, including bibliography, tables and captions. Authors considering submission of papers of greater length must discuss them with the Editor (currently Dr Katharina Becker) in advance of submission. REPORTS should be c. 3,500 words including bibliography, tables and captions. The Editor reserves the right to determine the categorisation of a submission as a PAPER or a REPORT. If an author is unsure about whether their work would be better submitted as a PAPER or a REPORT, they are encouraged to contact the Editor ( The JIA Editorial Board would particularly encourage archaeologists working in the commercial sector to consider making submissions of shorter REPORTS to the journal.

If you would like to submit a PAPER/REPORT to the JIA you are encouraged to contact the Editor ( for a preliminary informal discussion. Further details are available in the Guidelines for Contributors, available in .pdf format and can be downloaded at the link below. Following initial correspondence with the Editor, prospective contributors should submit for consideration an electronic copy of the PAPER/REPORT in Microsoft Word, with all illustrations as separate files. It is not necessary to submit hard copy text or illustrations. Guidelines for JIA Contributors


Peter Woodman Postgraduate Prize

The Postgraduate Prize is awarded for exceptional contributions by postgraduate students that have been published in the Journal. Formerly the JIA Postgraduate Prize, the IAI Board renamed the award in 2018 to commemorate Professor Peter Woodman (1943–2017) and to honour his outstanding contribution to the profession. This is not an annual prize and is only awarded when the Editor and the Editorial Board feel that a high-quality contribution merits the prize. Other criteria also apply:

  • The article has gone through the normal procedures for submission, peer-review and acceptance in the JIA.
  • The article was written and/or published while the author was a postgraduate student OR it arises directly out of research carried out while a postgraduate student and is published no more than three years since the relevant course of study was completed.

A joint prize will be awarded if two papers of equally high merit are published by candidates within the same year.


JIA Mentoring Scheme for Authors

The Editorial Board of the JIA runs a mentoring scheme for new authors to provide guidance, encouragement and realism before submitting work for peer-review. Peer-review is a rigorous process and rejection can be discouraging for researchers who are new to writing for academic journals. The aim of this mentoring scheme is to connect the author to a mentor who will go through their work and provide friendly advice, pointing out gaps in the research, commenting on the structure of the article and suggesting the next steps to take with the work. Of course, the author will still be expected to do all the work on her or his own. The scheme is confidential. If you are interested in being connected to a mentor, please contact with details of the topic of your article (so that a suitable mentor can be found) and an outline of the extent to which the prospective article has been compiled at this point. Please place ‘JIA mentoring scheme’ in the subject header of the email.


JIA Online Access

Archive copies of JIA articles are available online through the JSTOR digital library. To read electronic copies of these JIA articles, please sign up for a JSTOR account at the JSTOR Register and Read web page ( Volumes I–XXVII are currently available online.


JIA Open Access

The JIA is categorised as a “blue” Open Access journal by Sherpa Romeo, a database of publisher copyright and self-archiving policies. See our designation here. Blue Open Access status is based on our policy of allowing authors to archive pre-prints of their papers online after publication in the journal. Archiving of publisher copies of JIA articles is allowed two years after publication. Full details of our policies can be found in the Author Self-Archiving Policy (attached as a PDF below). In recent years it has become increasingly common for authors of journal articles to deposit digital copies of their work in institutional repositories or on similar archiving sites. We recognise the benefits that this can bring to both author and journal in terms of increased recognition for and access to the high quality research that is published in our journal. We are also mindful that openness and access to research outputs are now common conditions of funding provided by research councils and similar organisations. The Editorial Board of the JIA has therefore formulated this author self-archiving policy to help authors meet these conditions and to allow them to distribute the results of their research within clearly defined limits. JIA author self archiving policy December 2015


JIA Editorial Board

The Editorial Board for the journal assists the Editor in determining its content, actively encouraging the submission of papers, and assisting in the adjudication of the Peter Woodman Postgraduate Prize. The current members of the Editorial Board are:

  • Dr Katharina Becker, Department of Archaeology, University College Cork
  • Dr Fiona Beglane, CERIS, Department of Environmental Science, Institute of Technology, Sligo
  • Dr Dirk Brandherm, Department of Archaeology and Palaeoecology, Queen’s University Belfast (Editor)
  • Jean Farrelly, Archaeological Survey of Ireland, National Monuments Service
  • Dr Carleton Jones, School of Geography and Archaeology, NUI Galway
  • Conor McDermott, School of Archaeology, University College Dublin
  • Cormac McSparron, Department of Archaeology and Palaeoecology, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Conleth Manning, Independent Researcher
  • Nick Maxwell, Wordwell Ltd (Publisher)
  • Dr Michael Potterton, Department of History, NUI Maynooth
  • Matthew Seaver, National Museum of Ireland
  • Michael Stanley, Transport Infrastructure Ireland (JIA Convenor)
  • Dr Elizabeth Twohig, formerly Department of Archaeology, University College Cork


This web page was last updated on 20 February 2020.